QuickBooks Windows Administrator Permission Issue: Causes and Solutions

by James Antonio

QuickBooks, the most widely used accounting software for business enterprises, has multiple versions for different requirements.

This software accounting app may require the user to open the desktop app with the Windows Administrator account. In the event of a failure, you may experience different errors and display problems. It can impact not only QuickBooks Point of ale application but QuickBooks Desktop too.

QuickBooks Windows Administrator Permission issue is one of the most common issues users encounter while working with QuickBooks. This usually arises when a user is trying to open the company file via QuickBooks. At the background of the application, the services that have commenced the QuickBooks. exe file will fail to do so.

In order to re-start QuickBooks authentication from a user or Administrator with Administrator benefits when it is lacking, an error shows.

What is the QuickBooks Windows Administrator Permission Issue?

The QuickBooks Administrator permission issue arises and is noticeable when a user attempts to open the company file via the application.

When you cannot log in as an administrator, while ding a critical job in the application, you can receive the error message, “This action needs Windows Administrator Permissions” on your particular window or screen.

This error is expected to arise when the service running in the background to commence QuickBooks. exe does not succeed to conduct the action in the right way. To start the service, please continue reading.

Note: Here are the three types of QuickBooks Administrator Permission Needed errors:

  • QuickBooks Administrator Permission Required
  • Administration Permission Needed. This action needs Windows Administrator Permissions
  • QuickBooks Windows Administrator Required

Why QuickBooks Windows Administrator Permission Error arises?

The particular QuickBooks Administrator permission error arises because of a number of reasons mentioned below:

  • QuickBooks folder permissions for the particular QBDB@x are configured in a wrong manner
  • QuickBooks Point of Sale damaged installation is one of the most common and obvious reasons
  • When the user is not signed in as a valid Windows Administrator
  • Damaged Windows users fuel the need for QuickBooks default admin password
  • When you are using different edition of QuickBooks Enterprise and another version of QuickBooks for the same year, at the same time on your system.

How to fix QuickBooks Windows Administrator Permission Issue?

When you encounter the QuickBooks Administrator permission issue, you need to follow the sequence given below.

Here is how you troubleshoot for QuickBooks Windows Administrator Permission Issue:

Solution 1: As an Administrator run the particular QuickBooks POS

When QuickBooks tells you that you need Windows Administrator for this issue, then the steps given below can aid you to run QuickBooks POS as an Administrator:

Step 1: Reboot the system to make sure that no process in the background is running

Step 2: Select right-click on the QBPOS icon on your particular Desktop

Step 3: Select Run as Administrator.

If the error is still there, kindly shift to the next given solution:

Solution 2: Start QuickBooks POS Database Manager Service again

To start this solution, please follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Press R + Windows and enter services.msc in the particular Run window

Step 2: Select OK

Step 3: Now select right-click on the particular QBPOS Database Manager vXX

Step 4:
Select Properties

Step 5: Now from the particular Startup type, choose Automatic

Step 6:
Now restart the particular service.

However, if you are still facing this issue of QuickBooks Administrator permission needed message, try the next troubleshooting solution.

Solution 3: Edit the User Account Control Settings

To edit user account control settings, please follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Click Windows +R on your particular keyboard to open the Run

Step 2: Select the particular Control Panel

Step 3: Select OK

Step 4: Now choose User Accounts and then choose User Accounts

Step 5: Now you need to choose Change user account control settings. Select Yes when you get the particular prompt from the UAC

Step 6: Move the particular slider down

Step 7: Set to Never Notify and choose OK in order to switch UAC OFF

Step 8:
Set to Always Notify and choose OK in order to switch UAC ON

Step 9: Restart the computer

If the issue persists and troubles you for the QuickBooks administrator rights, shift to solution 4.

Solution 4: Make a New Administrator

To make a new administrator, you are required to follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Navigate to the Control Panel and then press double-click User Accounts

Step 2: Now select Manage User Accounts and then choose Add

Step 3:
Now you need to add the name and domain of the administrator account and then select Next

Step 4: In the particular Windows 10, choose Administrator

Step 5:
Choose Finish and then it will guide you to User Accounts.

By following the steps given above, as a QuickBooks user you can avoid the error message that says, “This action requires QuickBooks Administrator Permissions” on your particular window. Once you connect with us, you will receive the assistance you seek in handling the QuickBooks Administrator permission needed issue.


Does the QuickBooks Windows Administrator Permission Issue impacts the QuickBooks Point of Sale?

Yes. QuickBooks Windows Administrator Permission Issue impacts the QuickBooks Point of Sale.

Does QuickBooks require administrator permissions to run QuickBooks Database Manager?

Yes. QuickBooks requires administrator permissions to conduct particular tasks like running the QuickBooks Database Manager along with other executable tasks.

How to reset the QuickBooks Administrator Password?

Here is how you can reset the QuickBooks Administrator Password:

Step 1: Navigate to the Company file and then select Company and then choose Setup users and Passwords
Step 2: Add the current password
Step 3: Add a new password and confirm the same
Step 4:
Select OK once done.

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